|Posted by moodhacker on January 1, 2017 at 2:00 PM|
Hope is on the way , was Alexis Tsipras slogan that brought him to power in January 2015
While two years later, Greek PM saw "light in the end of the tunnel", as he said on his New Years Eve message,- exactly as his predecessor Antonis Samaras did, precisely two Januaries earlier ,before his fall,- Greeks showed to be more pessimistic than ever about the country' s economic prospects and their own finances in the coming year, according to survey conducted on last days of last year
The poll was carried out by Kappa Research polling firm for Vima (Tribune) daily and showed that
- only 45.5 percent of respondents wanted Greece to stay in the eurozone,
- while 42 percent believed that the debt-ridden country would be better off returning to the drachma.
- 72 percent of respondents wanted to see the European Union (EU) get stronger, while
- 26 percent said they preferred its collapse.
- Regarding Greece, 65 percent believed that the Greek economy and their personal financial situation would be worse in 2017 than in the outgoing 2016.
In his New Year message to the Greeks, though, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras insisted to describe 2017 as the year that "our country will take the great step forward" in the economy, society, and our national issues.
"We aspire that 2017 will be the year that the irreplaceable role of Greece in the international and European scene will be confirmed," he underlined.
The Prime Minister referred to the government's main targets for the new year, especially in the fields of economy, society, growth, investments stressing
"We may still have a lot of challenges ahead but for the first time we can see the light at the end of the tunnel", he said
But this Greek PM's message for 2017 was at least diametrically opposite to the WSJ published article's sober predictions for Alexis Tsipras New Year and the Greeks' future to come
"... If last year was the year of upheaval and survival for Alexis Tsipras, this year has been the year of the slow grind. As we near the end of 2016, Mr. Tsipras finds himself squeezed—by Germany and the International Monetary Fund, by Turkey and the refugee crisis, by his false promises and collapsing popularity—to the point of political extinction...."
WSJ , December 21, 2016
Two years earlier: How Tsipras maximised all the hopes
On the New Year's Eve of 2014-2015 Tsipras had maximized the Greek expectations by promising a more fair, or at least, a more human package of life for the davastated Greeks, and this is what brought him to governance , for the first time in Greece's history that voted a leftist government to power
It was when Greeks were persuaded that leftist politicians would speak a "humanitarian voice" to Greece's creditors, and of course, nobody would realise that it was a soviet type of politics the leftist governmenet was talking about, that would "please" in many cases creditors more than their austerity programs could do.
Have a look on our New Year's 2014-15 Greek to me ! Special Page to get an idea on the great expectations Greeks had when voting for Alexis Tsipras, so as to realize how all the Greek hopes and expectations dissolved in the period of SYRIZA gov
Dissolving any Hope in two years. Greeks' feelings
Indeed, impressive are the results on Greeks' feelings by a survey conducted on December 23,2016 by MRB for Real News, and published last week. The survey had found that 63 percent of Greeks feel that early elections are on their way in 2017.
The public opinion poll showed, impressively in numbers and words, that the majority of the public are filled with worry, discontent and pessimism, when asked to describe how they feel about Tsipras' government and current situation.
Of those polled,
- 63.1 percent chose that they felt “worry,”
- 47.9 percent “fear,”
- 29.7 percent “anger” and
- 24.3 percent “shame.”
- An astonishing 77 percent of respondents also said that they are fearful that they will not be able to maintain their standards of living one year from now
- while seven in ten young Greeks aged from 18 to 24 said that they look to seek work outside of Greece if they get the chance.
In his New Year message also Alexis Tsipras, who had previously admitted to Greeks that he had "illusions" about how well he could handle the Greeks' rights towards the country's credditors, stressed that 2017 will be the year that the confidence to the Greek economy will be restored adding that this is not just a wish but a realistic estimate.
"Confession of the illusion exempts from any deceit" commented on January 2, 2017, to Spyros Haritatos Radio Show on Alpha fm, Stelios Ramfos, a writer and a thinker, well known for his precise political thinking and commenting
And now , what ?
For last year, the year that has drained the lives of the Greeks as never before , the PM Alexis Tsipras explained that Greece made significant progress .
The so much expected by the Greek PM, but so many times postponed by the creditors, conclusion of the second programme review, will be followed by the quantitative easing and Greece's return to the markets, when , and if it comes .....
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